Bring Ya to the Brink – Cyndi Lauper – 2008

Bring Ya to the BrinkThe new album from Cyndi Lauper, “Bring Ya to the Brink” has finally hit the Australian stores. Sure I’ve had it for a couple of weeks but it has only just become available here and what an album it is.

This is Cyndi’s first major release in 12 years. Sure she has had other albums but they were limited release (Shine album in Japan), EPs (Shine the EP), covers (At Last) or remix, self-covers (the Body Acoustic). And on Shine I’ve spent quite a lot of time chasing down all of the songs from the Japanese release and even when I thought we had them all, David found some more. It was a great album and should have seen a world-wide release.

Bring Ya to the Brink is basically a dance album and I think it’s Cyndi’s first album to receive the Explicit tag for the single Same Ol’ Story which already has a “clean” version too.

Same Ol’ Story was the first single from the album. Released as a download only single and given it’s chorus featuring the line “Same ol’ f*%#in’ Story” isn’t seeing a lot of airplay.

The second single is “Into the Nightlife” which is a great track that should see some airplay and some dance floor time. Into the Nightlife is probably my favourite song on the album (at the moment). The video plays heavily to the gay market and features former porn star (now music artist) Carlton Ford.

Give it a listen, if you’re a Cyndi fan you’ll love it. If you’re a dance music fan, you’ll love it. If you’re neither you may still love it so spare an hour and treat your ears.

Track listing

  1. High and Mighty
  2. Into the Nightlife
  3. Rocking Chair
  4. Echo
  5. Lyfe
  6. Same Ol’ Story
  7. Raging Storm
  8. Lay Me Down
  9. Give It Up
  10. Set Your Heart
  11. Grab a Hold
  12. Rain on Me
  13. Got Candy*
  14. Can’t Breathe*

* Bonus tracks on the Japanese release and US iTunes deluxe edition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivaXI7TIoL8

Stardust (2007)

I’ve put off seeing Stardust, not sure why, perhaps because in recent years we have been inundated with fantasy films and I wasn’t quite ready for another.

Today, a public holiday, is all rainy outside so I decided to put it on and have a look.

At first I was a little upset, it seems that the version we have is a telesync. Good sound, bad picture. I think telesyncs are made by filming directly from a small screen while the sound is captured directly from the source. The result is a dark film with all the dirt and scratches of film.

I had decided to stop watching it about 10 minutes in, but for some reason couldn’t bring myself to turn it of. Probably the headache I’m harbouring and it’s can’t be bothered attitude that had me watching the film in its entirety. And I’m glad I did.

Stardust is a great little movie, the characters are interesting and fun, the storyline while fanciful is strong enough to hold the interest of the viewer (in this case me). I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Obviously by telling you I watched a telesync version you know it’s not a legitimate copy, but rest assured I’ll be looking for this one one Blu-ray as soon as the prices become reasonable. Since the end of the format war it seems the Blu-ray camp are thinking they can charge us whatever they want, they can try.

If you haven’t seen Stardust yet I recommend it. Clare Danes does a great job as a star and the cameos are all well placed. Only problem is Ricky Gervis; I mean does that guy know how to act or is he always just himself. He is the same in every movie and TV show. Thankfully his character fit with this movie.